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Man Plays Bass and Performs Breast Exam on Himself
08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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This gets pretty interesting at around 1:16.


(via Coilhouse)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy: Peter Lorre
08.11.2009
10:07 pm
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Peter Lorre, Peter Lorre, you can trust him, he’s a brick, he’s a brick! (From Pat Fish.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
10:07 pm
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World Party: Ship of Fools
08.11.2009
08:36 pm
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OK. If you watch this video, you’re going to have some mental hurdles to cross. You’re going to have to cope with the fact that, yes, that guy with the Aretha Franklin voice belting it out like he grew up singing gospel in a Harlem church… yes, that guy DOES look like a 13-year-old who just beat you at Magic: The Gathering. And then, if you’ve never heard of this band before, you’re going to wonder why. Because Karl Wallinger and World Party recorded some of the best singles of the last three decades, and still, STILL, nobody knows. That might be why, when you watch the second video, which might be almost, impossibly, an even better song than the first, you’ll notice that Mr. Wallinger apparently switched hobbies from Dungeons and Dragons to alcohol. Where is this guy? How was he so awesome? Will he return to save us?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
08:36 pm
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Tough times in the porn industry
08.11.2009
05:29 pm
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Apparently the pornography business isn’t as recession proof as they thought it was. Larry Flynt and Joe Francis even appealed to the government for taxpayer funded relief. With the pr0n onslaught from the Internet cannibalizing DVD sales, how will the “jizz biz” survive long term?

From the Los Angeles Times:

For Stern, 23, the rapid decline of job opportunities in the porn business over the last year has been dramatic. She has gone from working four or five days a week to one and now has employers pressuring her to do male-female sex scenes for $700, a 30% discount from the $1,000 fee that used to be the industry standard.

Less than two years ago, Stern earned close to $150,000 annually, sometimes turned down work and drove a Mercedes-Benz CLK 350. Now she’s aggressively reaching out for jobs and making closer to $50,000 a year.

As for that Mercedes? She’s replacing it with a used Chevy Trailblazer—from her parents.

“The opportunities in this industry really are disappearing,” Stern said. “It’s extremely stressful.”

Tough times in the porn industry by Ben Fritz

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
05:29 pm
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When Did Americans Turn into a Bunch of Raving Lunatics?
08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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From an alarming article posted on Esquire’s website by John H. Richardson:

image If a majority of our conservative population and that much of its elected leadership think that even some of this “birther” stuff is remotely possible, some very dark times may be heading to this country. Early this spring, I spent two very long days traveling around Kentucky with Orly Taitz, one of the leading “birthers” in a nation full of them. So I can tell you with confidence that this is much, much crazier than most people imagine ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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Taschen’s Jazz Covers
08.11.2009
04:11 pm
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Miles DavisSorcerer and Archie Shepp’s The Magic of Ju-Ju are just two of the nearly 700 jazz albums getting their deluxe due in Taschen’s newly released (and assuredly hefty) book, Jazz Covers.

This volume features a broad selection of jazz record covers, from the 1940s through the decline of LP production in the early 1990s.  Each cover is accompanied with a fact sheet listing performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and more.

But it’s not all psychedelic skulls and Cicely Tyson.  The folks at Taschen fleshed the project out with contributors ranging from John Coltrane authority, Ashley Kahn, to famed Blue Note producer, Michael Cuscuna.
 
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Taschen Books: Jazz Covers

Prince of Darkness: Essential Audio Only Track Off Miles Davis’ Sorcerer

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
04:11 pm
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Voluptuaries and Vivisections Art Show: A Celebration of Sex, Murder, and Anarchy
08.11.2009
04:04 pm
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Voluptuaries and Vivisections: A Celebration of Sex, Murder, and Anarchy curated by Thomas Negovan and Century Guild. A selection of rare 19th and 20th Century Symbolist work. Decadence, dandyism, sex, and murder: this work provides windows into the darkest corners of human compulsion. La Luz de Jesus invites you to be a part of an unprecedented show that explores the taboos that have titillated and tormented since the turn of the century. Masterpieces of lithographed poster art from 1880-1940 illustrating subjects ranging from seminal S&M literature to STD warnings to serial killers will be shown.

Opening night party, Friday August 14, 8-11 pm at La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
04:04 pm
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John Lydon: Elizabeth’s Jester
08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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I recently surfed into some old Public Image videos and it all seemed obvious suddenly: Johnny Rotten was Elizabeth’s court jester. I mean, watch that video and tell me he wouldn’t have been a court jester 600 years ago, or wasn’t in the 70s and 80s.

That made sense to me. It says a lot about cultures, and how they don’t change?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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Rush Limbaugh: Swastikas Everywhere!
08.11.2009
02:21 pm
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Evidently, the fertile, painkiller-fried imagination of Rush Limbaugh has detected a connection between the swastika and President Obama’s symbol for health care reform.  The results?  Alarmist truth-stretching at its most amusing (and syntax-mangled)!  The LA TimesChristopher Knight sorts it all out, or tries to:

‘You will find that the Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo,’ Limbaugh asserted to his listeners.  ‘I’m going to show you people watching on the Dittocam this, and there Nazi symbol you are: The middle frame is the Obama health care logo.  At the bottom is an official Nazi logo, eagle and everything, spread wings, or bird with spread wings.’

There’s just one hitch: Asserting a resemblance between the two logos is like saying Limbaugh resembles Gary Busey because both men have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a drug addiction.  Obama’s health care logo includes no eagle, Roman symbol of imperial authority, and it has no swastika, the bent-arm cross designed by Hitler himself as the emblem of National Socialism.  Instead, the Obama design surmounts the red, white and blue landscape of his presidential campaign logo with a caduceus, the winged staff entwined with serpents that derived from the rod of Asclepius, son of Greek god Apollo.  An ancient symbol of healing, the rod is often used as a medical logo.  So the Obama design shows a medical symbol above the American landscape.

Rush Limbaugh Flunks Graphic Design 101

Rush Speaks: The Swastika In Obama’s Health Care Reform Symbol

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
02:21 pm
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Freed: Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs
08.11.2009
01:00 pm
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Severely ill and stroke-prone, Last of The Great Train Robbers Ronnnie Biggs was released by British officials into the free light of day last Friday.  After the ‘63 robbery, which involved the mail car hijacking of what would be roughly $70 million in today’s dollars, Biggs and his cohorts were quickly rounded up.  The money wasn’t—the bulk of it has never been recovered.  And after scaling a 30-foot prison wall and skipping off to Rio, it looked like Biggs wouldn’t be, either.  That is until 2001, when craving “a pint of bitter,” Biggs returned to England to resume his sentence. 

Beyond his decades as a fugitive, though, what best cemented Biggs’ outlaw celebrity status back home was his cavorting with The Sex Pistols.  Shortly after their final performance at Winterland, the Pistols flew down to Rio and recorded a couple of tracks with Biggs.  Their “collaborative” results—No One Is Innocent and Belsen Was a Gas—surfaced in both the film and soundtrack for Julien Temple’s The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, from which a vid of Innocent can be seen below.

 
In The LA Times: Great Train Robbery Outlaw Gains His Release

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
01:00 pm
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